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Aggravated Burglary in Basildon

Detectives are investigating an aggravated burglary in Wells Gardens, Basildon.

It happened just before 11pm yesterday (Tuesday 11 February). A man is alleged to have forced his way into a house and threatened a man and woman with what is believed to have been a firearm.

The suspect is described as white, aged between 30 and 40, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 11ins tall and was wearing a light blue hooded top.

Anybody with any information is asked to contact Basildon CID on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Police investigate armed robbery at Basildon Post Office

Police are investigating a robbery at the Post Office at The Triangle in Basildon which happened at around 6.30am today.

A man walked into the store and threatened staff with a knife. They handed over a three figure sum of money. He then left the store. The two store workers were left shaken after the incident but were unhurt.

Anybody with any information about this incident is asked to call Dc Nicholas May at Basildon CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Basildon Revellers warned over using rogue taxis

Revellers are being warned to avoid using rogue minicabs. Credit: ITV News Anglia

With less than a month to go until the big day, it's nearly Christmas party season, and revellers are being warned to avoid using rogue minicabs.

Basildon Borough Council's started a Cab Safe campaign.

It's advising party-goers to either book in advance, or to ensure they flag down licensed hackney carriages.

Parents 'great relief' following landmark ruling

A woman who nearly drowned, during a school swimming lesson in Essex 13 years ago, has won a landmark ruling from the UK's highest court, which paves the way for her to pursue compensation from Essex County Council.

Annie Woodland was a pupil at Whitmore Junior School in Basildon, when she had to be pulled from the water and resuscitated. Ms Woodland, now in her 20s and living with her family in Blackpool, suffered severe brain damage. As a result, she is now incapable of looking after her own affairs.

It's a decision that could have an impact on school sports across the country.

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Pool trauma woman can pursue payout

A woman who nearly drowned during a school swimming lesson 13 years ago has won a landmark ruling from the UK's highest court which paves the way for her to pursue compensation from a local education authority.

Annie Woodland was a pupil at Whitmore Junior School in Basildon, Essex, when she had to be pulled from the water and resuscitated at Gloucester Park pool in July 2000.

Ms Woodland, now in her 20s and living with her family in Blackpool, suffered severe brain damage as a result of which she is now incapable of looking after her own affairs.

Her father Ian launched a claim for compensation on her behalf against the local education authority, Essex County Council, and other parties.

To date the family has suffered setbacks to the damages claim with rulings in the High Court and Court of Appeal which blocked her action against the county council.

In October 2011 a High Court judge threw out Ms Woodland's claim against Essex on the basis that it was bound to fail, and in March last year his view was backed in a majority ruling by Court of Appeal judges.

But today, Supreme Court justices in London allowed her appeal against those findings which means that there will now be a High Court hearing to determine whether or not she was the victim of negligence.

Five justices unanimously allowed the appeal and ruled that the local authority owed a "non-delegable duty of care".

Lawyers acting for Ms Woodland said before the ruling that the Supreme Court's decision was "anxiously anticipated by parents and local education authorities alike".

Police hunt attack suspect in Basildon

The e-fit of a man wanted in connection with an assault in Basildon Credit: Essex Police

Police have issued an e-fit of a man wanted in connection with an assault that took place in Gloucester Park, at Broadmayne, in Basildon. A 14-year-old girl was walking through the park to the north side of the fishing lake and heading towards the Sporting Village when she was approached by a man.

He grabbed her arm and assaulted her before running off back towards the lake. The girl was not injured but she has been left very shaken and upset. It happened at 8.50am on Wednesday September 18.

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